CBS Plotting New Reality Competition 'Dancing ON the Stars?'Kevin Fitzpatrick |
CBS isn't exactly known for its cutting edge programming, but when it comes to reality TV, their domination of franchises like 'Survivor' and 'Big Brother' remains unparalleled. That is, of course until ABC unveiled their new reality series 'The Glass House,' which maintains an uncomfortably similar premise to 'Big Brother.' There's been a bit of back and forth between the two networks, but what's CBS' latest move?
The newest turn in the ongoing CBS / ABC legal struggle over ABC reality series 'The Glass House,' has just gotten ugly, as CBS has entered the realm of satire. While both networks wait for an official legal ruling on a Temporary Restraining Order, CBS has taken matters into their own hands by issuing a faux press release detailing their new series, 'Dancing On the Stars,' a clear shot at ABC staple 'Dancing with the Stars.'
The press release also pokes fun at ABC's prized sitcom 'Modern Family,' alluding to CBS creating a similar version. In this ongoing battle, CBS also has argued that the ABC series (which debuted to pretty miserable ratings) is being produced by former 'Big Brother' producers in violation of nondisclosure agreements.
Check out the official press release for yourself, and tell us in the comments if you think CBS' satire goes too far!
CBS ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF “DANCING ON THE STARS,” AN EXCITING AND COMPLETELY ORIGINAL REALITY PROGRAM THAT OWES ITS CONCEPT AND EXECUTION TO NOBODY AT ALL
Los Angeles, June 21, 2012 – Subsequent to recent developments in the creative and legal community, CBS Television today felt it was appropriate to reveal the upcoming launch of an exciting, ground-breaking and completely original new reality program for the CBS Television Network.
The dazzling new show, DANCING ON THE STARS, will be broadcast live from the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and will feature moderately famous and sort of well-known people you almost recognize competing for big prizes by dancing on the graves of some of Hollywood’s most iconic and well-beloved stars of stage and screen.
The cemetery, the first in Hollywood, was founded in 1899 and now houses the remains of Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, producer Cecil B. DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Paul Muni, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and Dee Dee Ramone of the Ramones, among many other great stars of stage, screen and the music business. The company noted that permission to broadcast from the location is pending, and that if efforts in that regard are unsuccessful, approaches will be made to Westwood Village Memorial Park, where equally scintillating luminaries are interred.
“This very creative enterprise will bring a new sense of energy and fun that’s totally unlike anything anywhere else, honest,” said a CBS spokesperson, who also revealed that the Company has been working with a secret team for several months on the creation of the series, which was completely developed by the people at CBS independent of any other programming on the air. “Given the current creative and legal environment in the reality programming business, we’re sure nobody will have any problem with this title or our upcoming half-hour comedy for primetime, POSTMODERN FAMILY.”
“After all,” the spokesperson added, “people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”